WHY AMERICANS ARE DEPRESSED (AND OVERWEIGHT)

The Paleolithic people were the healthiest people that ever roamed the face of the Earth.   For a million years, up to the time of the Neolithic period, starting 12,000 years ago, Paleolithic man hunted, raised their young communally, shared the history and ventures and wisdom with all tribal members, made shelter, cooked and followed the herds of animals for food.

These activities released strong chemicals in the brain: serotonin, epinephrine, endorphins, dopamine – neurotransmitters that are the “feel good” chemicals the body and brain needs to remain clam and happy.

The tribes of people who live as did our ancestors on the plains of Africa, like the Ache of Paraguay, have no word in their vocabulary for “depression.”

Now, people have cut themselves off from others due to computes, cell phones and social media, they mostly live alone, raise their children alone, don’t exercise, and don’t interact with nature.  Instead, in an effort to trigger the release of these essential chemicals, they eat…and keep eating.

Obesity and depression are both caused by the same factors as mention above.

Look at the flushed faces, the distended bellies, the empty souls.  People are crying for direction because they have lost their way.  Our country is faltering like the old Roman

Empire; the similarities are striking.  The nation is in dire need of the knowledge and programs to defend themselves from the messages of the media, malls, and mass-marketers.  To protect the physical body and emotional well-being as much as the national security.

In an ideal scenario, people are fully informed as to the benefits, dangers, and current and future costs of every product they use.  They would be supplied with that information at an early enough age to counteract the deceptions, exaggerations and mental ploys used by companies intent on placing profits above the social welfare.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.  People respond to the stimuli (15,000 messages) that surrounds them daily.  They need the strength and support and inspiration of programs that work; that they can integrate into their lives right now, from where they are presently.

Obesity is a national disaster and a personal tragedy that has been spoken to using only old clichés and worn out lines of logic.  The results of following that line of reasoning have led us to today, where 50% of the people in the U.S. are now categorized as obese and 80% overweight.

Yet in 1957 only 9.7% of the population was obese and 33% were overweight.  Until now, no one has been able to tell us how or why this trend began fifty years ago, and why it has continued to accelerate since then.  My 40 years of research has led me to the answers to these crucial questions.  I have dedicated my life to developing programs that can extricate people from using food for their sole source of satisfaction.  In that light I offer you…

 Since 1950, the amount of nutritional information available to the public has roughly doubled every seven years.  During that same period (1950-2000), obesity rose by 214%, until today, where 64.5 percent of adult Americans (about 127 million) are categorized as being overweight or obese.  In that light, one might conclude that there is a direct correlation between knowledge of obesity and obesity itself.

The point is, people aren’t foolish.  They know that salad is better for them than pizza; that grilled chicken is better than a smothered burrito; that tofu is better than hamburger; that fresh fruits and vegetables are better than candy bars and French fries.  People are swimming in information.  They are anesthetized by information.  More has not, and will not, lead to enlightened behavior, less craving for food, or improved health.

It has been posited that obesity is genetic.  This notion flies in the face of biology.  Consider that there was far less obesity in the 1950’s than there is today.  In fact, less than 10% of the population was classified as such in 1950.  It is only in the past fifty years that the problem has become systemic.  Would it be reasonable to say that we have changed genetically in fifty years, when, in fact, it takes hundreds of thousands of years for even the most minor of such changes to take place?  No, it is not genetics that have caused our obsession with food.

Some blame our increased consumption of fats for the rising rates of obesity.  Yet, during the past fifty years, while obesity rates have skyrocketed, the consumption of saturated fats rose only 7%.  And, according to The U.S. Department of Agriculture, total fats in our diet have fallen from 40% in 1990 to roughly 34% today.

Others say it is the way we eat.  Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health is in charge of the government’s revamping of the food pyramid – now called “The Healthy Eating Pyramid.”  This is the third overhaul of the pyramid in the past thirty years.  Yet while the pyramid continues to be revised, obesity rates in the United States have continued to rise.  This food pyramid, as the ones before it, has been touted as the answer to the obesity epidemic.  Yet it will fail as its predecessors did because it is flawed, not simply in its factuality, but by its lack of perspective.

The strategy of focusing on what we eat has been addressed unsuccessfully for decades.  Further studies, weight-loss programs, and media emphasis on the same note, will not bring the desired results.  The first and foremost question to ask is. . . .

Why We Eat

Early man ate only enough to satisfy his appetite.  People today continue to eat beyond the point of satiation for a very different reason: to gain euphoric feeling through the chemicals released by the foods we consume.  And what are these chemicals that are so powerful as to induce behaviors that are sometimes irrational and often detrimental to our health and continued evolution?  Endorphins, Dopamine, Oxytocin and Serotonin.

 

FIVE WAYS TO STIMULATE THE FOUR HORMONES

 

  • Interaction with enriched environments (a park, opera, a show, art exhibit, etc.)
  • Integration of new behaviors – taking painting, clay, sculpting lessons, etc.), college extension classes, helping out in a home for aged or disabled.
  • Exercise (of course) – but my book provides ALL the exercises and exactly how many calories each on burns per hour..
  • Food – of course – but my book tells exactly which food stimulate the appetite (gluten in wheat, cheese) are even more a stimulation that sugar! And which foods suppress the appetite.  And I have never seen any the book mention those two foods (ingredient).  Also, does anyone know that when cheese is digested, it turns to opium in the body (this is not a wave’s tale).
  • Love sharing and commonality – in Paleolithic people (and modern day tribes like the Ache in Paraguay who live as did the Paleolithic people) who shared every aspect of life – hunting, making shelter, raising the young communally, sharing tales of the tribal history, lessons in survival, respect, etc.) – there is NO WORD FOR DEPRESSION in their vocabulary. This would include a primary love, close friends, family or…as simple as calling a few friends each day and telling them you love them and how important they are (just ten minutes a day!

 

 

 

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